Boxer Liam Smith Sports Performance & Agility Training in Sand
World Champion Liam Smith training in Los Angeles
before the Canelo Alvarez fight
Liverpool boxer Liam “Beefy” Smith trained with Stephen for 3 weeks, indoors at the Brentwood gym and outdoors on Santa Monica Beach.
Liam is from Liverpool just like me, I focused on improving his speed and agility and reaction time, the session were held indoors at the gym and also outdoors on the Santa Monica beach. Sand is the perfect resistance training, the constant movement of sand underfoot intensifies the session.
Many boxers train with me because sports science and performance nutrition have come a long way and I train boxers with that knowledge in mind. Old school boxing coaches have an outdated mentality when it comes to training fighters and train them in a way that doesn’t prepare the boxer for the physical demands he will face inside the ring.
Boxing is an 80% anaerobic sport, 20% aerobic. Anaerobic means to conduct an exercise without oxygen while stressing the muscles at a high intensity for short periods of time. So it makes sense to train them in 80% anaerobic exercises, that’s why my interval drills are high intensity for short periods of time (anaerobic exercise) rather than the old-school early morning run of 4 or 5 miles every day (aerobic exercise), that many boxers still continue to do today. It doesn’t make sense for boxers to spend most of their time running (an aerobic exercise), when the sport is primarily anaerobic in nature.
Liam held the WBO light-middleweight title from 2015 to 2016, having previously held the Commonwealth light-middleweight title from 2012 to 2013, and the British light-middleweight title from 2013 to 2015. Liam is the younger brother of Paul Smith and Stephen Smith, and the older brother of Callum Smith; all of whom are also professional boxers.
Stephen was featuring on @boxnlife this month with@tony_jeffries and @glennholmesla talking about his experiences in training professional boxers, and how strength and conditioning coaches like himself can really improve the fitness aspects of elite athletes performance